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The Peninsula blog is a project of the Korea Economic Institute. It is designed to provide a wide ranging forum for discussion of the foreign policy, economic, and social issues that impact the Korean peninsula.

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Prospects for U.S. Humanitarian Aid to North Korea in the COVID Era

Robert King
February 3, 2021
By Robert R. King The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service a few days ago published a working paper updating and reassessing international food security in the decade 2020-2030…

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UN Security Council Discusses Human Rights in North Korea for the First Time in Three Years

Robert King
December 15, 2020
The UN Security Council discussed North Korea’s human rights abuses in a closed session on Friday December 11.  Because of the Covid pandemic, it was a virtual (online) meeting rather…

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North Korea Human Rights on the UN General Assembly Agenda

Robert King
December 9, 2020
In the next few days, the United Nations General Assembly will approve a resolution on “The Situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”  The text of…

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The Comfort Women Agreement 5 Years On

Terrence Matsuo
December 8, 2020
The agreement between Korea and Japan on the issue of comfort women, announced in 2015, seemed like an amazing breakthrough on a sensitive topic in the bilateral relationship. But in…

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North Korea and the COVID Crisis: The Sanctions Angle

April 8, 2020
China and South Korea are best positioned to play a role in helping North Korea, and should exploit the discretion they are being given to act.

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United Nations Questions North and South Korea on Forced Return of Fishermen to the North

Robert King
April 7, 2020
On November 7, 2019, the South Korean government delivered two North Korean fishermen to North Korean officials at the Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjom.

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North Korea’s Problem with the Covid-19 Truth

Mark Tokola
April 2, 2020
Pyongyang has taken extensive steps to protect against the COVID-19. 180 countries and territories have declared that they have cases, why can’t North Korea?

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Japan Joins U.S. and South Korea in Backing Away from Criticizing North Korea’s Human Rights

Robert King
March 16, 2020
In the last year or so, Japan has quietly backed away from championing human rights in North Korea at the United Nations. 

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